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Kansas has always been a crossroads for explorers, a distinctive place where land and cultures meet. Many important trails during America's historic westward expansion passed through Kansas - a stopping place in these epic journeys.
Today, travellers encounter authentic frontier and western cowboy activities, nostalgic towns, unique ecosystems, and interesting cultures that surround the nation's finest farm and ranch land. Eleven scenic byways and historic trails zigzag you to stunning places. The Flint Hills National Scenic Byway will place you in the largest remaining native stand of tallgrass prairie in America...while the internationally significant Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway is the place to experience masses of sandhill cranes and pelicans, bald and golden eagles, shorebirds, ducks, geese, and whooping cranes. Perfect to relax, unwind, and rejuvenate.
A Kansas trip successfully blends historic with current, the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson is rapidly becoming the most comprehensive space museum in existence, whereas the Sternberg Museum of Natural History in Hays recreates the days of Kansas 88 million years ago.
Once known as Indian Territory, Oklahoma is home to more American Indian Tribes than any other state, with 39 tribal headquarters and members of at least 67 tribes. Visitors will find a blend of traditional and contemporary culture at art galleries, museums, historic sites, powwows and festivals. The old west also lives on at working ranches, rodeos and in the cattle trade. Today visitors can follow the Chisholm Trail along Highway 81 where cattle are still driven along the route in semi-trucks headed for the largest United States cattle auction, which begins every Monday morning in Stockyard City/ Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma City is also home to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, a treasure of Western and Native American art and artifacts. Tulsa is home to the world's most comprehensive collection of art of the American West at the Gilcrease Museum. And yes, you can get your kicks on Route 66 here because travellers will find nearly 400 miles of Route 66 in Oklahoma, more than any other state, where they will enjoy nostalgic motor lodges, diners, and two Route 66 museums. Outdoors in Oklahoma can be enjoyed at over 50 state parks, offering cabins and boat rentals at pristine forested lakes, and hiking and cycling along refreshing rivers. Experience all that's best about America in Oklahoma.
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